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Selected not only for their professional experience, but also for their love of children and dance/performing arts education, each member of the Scripps Performing Arts Academy faculty has the rare ability to carefully balance discipline with fun, joy with hard work and laughter with focus, nurturing dancers and artists of all ages and abilities.

directorsLeft to Right, Miah Nwosu, Andrew Skinner, Angela Amoroso

Angela Amoroso, Executive Director and Founder was a professional dancer and choreographer in New York. She has studied with some of the finest teachers in New York in all of the disciplines of Dance. Ballet with Wilson Morelli and at The Joffrey Ballet, Jazz with Phil Black, Pepsi Bethel and Alvin Ailey, Modern with Martha Graham, Tap with Bob Audy and Phil Black. Her involvement with Community Theater on Long Island for both performance and choreography include Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes and West Side Story. Angela has also been a member of NYC's "Dance Circle" Repertory Company where she has choreographed as well as performed. In 1982, Angela performed in the Equity Showcase of Jesus Christ Superstar in Manhattan. Her creative talents as a dancer and choreographer combined with her love for children have made the Scripps Performing Arts Academy a great success since it's inception in 1987.

Andrew Skinner, Director of Operations bio coming soon

Miah Nwosu, Artistic Director, Ballet Mistress began seriously studying ballet at age eight at The Scripps Performing Arts Centre (now Academy) shortly after participating in a Miramar Ranch Elementary After School Program. That June she performed in her first production with the SPAC, "Earthkalah". She trained at Scripps Performing Arts for seven years, primarily under Lili Griffths, former Soloist dancer of the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet. She spent the next two years continuing her studies at City Ballet of San Diego under Steven and Betsy Wistrich in their pre-professional division. There she performed with the company in two seasons of the Nutcracker and their company premiere of "Don Quixote," and various other productions. In the summer of 2001, she trained intensively at The Ailey School in New York City. Miah later attended Fordham University in New York City, where she took classes at Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center. Miah also trained extensively in Jazz and Tap.

Upon her return to San Diego, Miah joined C. Anthony Cole Repertory Theatre and later La Diego Dance Theatre for its inaugural season. She was rehearsal coach and dancer representative for the company and has had the pleasure of teaching audition classes for both companies and has served as a guest teacher at several local dance schools.

Miah has served as head choreographer for SPAA since 2003 and has successfully mounted original productions and set full length classical ballets including an annual all youth production of The Nutcracker, The Storyteller (2003 and 2004), Earthkalah (2005), Over the Rainbow (2006 and 2007), Our Favorite Ballets (2007), Prokofiev's Cinderella (2008), Ballet Does the Rat Pack (2009), La Passion La Danse La Vie (2009), Glazunov's The Season (2010), La Boutique Fantasque (2010), Grand Pas de Quatre (2011) and an original version of Les Rendez-vous (2011).

Since 2003, Miah has developed a cohesive ballet training program at The Academy that has provided students with the spring board and support system to launch them successfully into collegiate and professional dance programs including The Boston Conservatory (SPAA graduates from '09 and '10) and California Institute for the Arts ('10) and multiple summer intensive acceptances (several with scholarships) to prestigious programs across the nation.

Miah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art with a Photography concentration and handles all Graphic Design, Photography and Print Work for SPAA and SBT.
She currently teaches Ballet III and up at both locations and overseas all Academy programs. She is also the Artistic Director of SPAA's youth company in residence, Scripps Ballet Theatre

Headshot Coming SoonArtour Bajanov was born and trained as a dancer in Russia. He received Diploma in Dance & Choreography from Ufa College of Choreography and Ballet, Ufa, Russia in 1996. Before coming to USA, he toured internationally as solo dancer with the Bashkirian State Ballet and Bolshoi Theatre, performing in classical ballets “Swan Lake”, “Don Quixote”, “Sleeping Beauty” and others. Bajanov arrived to US in late 1997 when touring the Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet Theatre. Since then, he has performed with Arlington Ballet of Texas, Cleveland Ballet Dancing Wheels, and has been teaching dance, giving Master classes around Ohio and local dance schools, in addition to working with MorrisonDance. He also directed his own ballet school in Ohio for several years before relocating to San Diego. Artour is a year-round guest faculty member of the Scripps Performing Arts Academy and choreographed and set two pieces this past season on SPAA’s youth company, The Scripps Ballet Theatre

AudreyAudrey Bondoc began dancing at the age of 4 ½ at the California Ballet School where she studied ballet, jazz and modern. She quickly rose to higher levels and was accepted into the Junior Company and performed in many productions. She was Captain of a National Champion Dance Team and won many awards for her solo work.

Audrey continued her dance training at Academy of Performing Arts and at Mesa College performing with their dance company around the southern California area. In 2003, she was a member of Unity Dance Ensemble and Unity II under the direction of Tessandra Chavez.

In 2007 she moved to San Francisco and trained at SF Dance Center, ODC School and Shawl-Anderson Dance Center. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance from SFSU also performing and touring with their dance company. While studying in SF, she found her love for Pilates which encouraged her to receive her certification. Audrey found her passion in teaching dance in 2000 and has been teaching all over San Diego and the Bay Area ever since. Her students have been accepted into many prestigious summer intensives around the world and have been accepted into collegiate and professional dance programs. She currently is a guest instructor teaching dance courses at Mesa College.

She wants her students to thrive not only as dancers but as unique individuals. “Dance is not just about technique; it’s about how we feel when we dance or when we witness the heart and soul of movement and music and it’s just magical.”

JG headshotJessie Cosentino, Bio Coming Soon

SH headshotCaryn Glass, Originally from Michigan, Caryn grew up studying both Vaganova and Cecchetti methods of ballet, earning a grade four certificate from the Cecchetti Council of America. She then went on to study dance at Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts, earning a BFA with a contemporary dance major and musical theater minor.

At Point Park, Caryn had the opportunity to work with esteemed choreographers and dance educators such as Ron Tassone, Douglas Bentz, Robert Battle, and Toni Pimble. In her senior year, she was cast in the role of Girl in the Yellow Dress in Susan Stroman's TONY award winning show CONTACT. Caryn has spent the last five years in New York City, where her most recent credits include working and training as one of Elizabeth Streb's Action Engineers after being cast in an Off-Broadway production featuring a collection of Streb's work.

Caryn continues to perform and create work with colleague Ami Ipapo through their movement company [the] movement initiative, which has been featured in workshops and showcases throughout New York City. Having recently relocated to the west coast, Caryn is excited to become a part of San Diego's dance and art communities.

SH headshotStephanie Harvey is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She earned her BFA in Dance from Point Park University where she performed works by Martha Graham, Bill. T Jones, Jason McDole, and Douglas Bentz. In Pittsburgh, Stephanie danced with H20 Contemporary Dance and taught and choreographed for the company’s school, the Dance Conservatory of Pittsburgh. In New York, Stephanie trained with Doug Varone and Dancers, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, and on full scholarship with Garth Fagan Dance in Rochester and is a trained gymnast. She is also a certified Power Pilates instructor and teaches at the University of San Diego.

Sarah Hunter took her first acting class at the age of 3, and the love of performing has been with her ever since.  She began private vocal instruction under Dr. Sara Lopez beginning at age 5.  As a child, Sarah had a busy career in print ads and television commercials, and enjoyed working for many years for Mattel, until she grew out of the "Barbie" phase.  She has performed in countless productions with Moonlight Amphitheater in Vista, as well as dozens of other theaters through out San Diego.  

Sarah graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Speech Communications, with an emphasis in Performance Studies.  She has trained in numerous acting, vocal and movement techniques including Alexander, Meisner and Suzuki under Mohammad Kowsar, Jo Tomalin and Yukihiro Goto, among others.  Favorite roles in San Francisco include Yelena in Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," and Lady Capulet in "Romeo and Juliet."  Sarah also had the opportunity to perform in many original works, including her own solo work, "American Soles."  While in San Francisco, she was very active in the local theatre scene and continued to appear in television, film and voice over projects through out the bay area.    

Since returning to San Diego, Sarah has once again begun to perform with local companies. Most recently, she performed with OnStage Playhouse as Elaine in Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers," a role for which she was nominated for both Aubrey and Aldea Awards for Best Supporting Actress.

Sarah is thrilled to have joined the incredible talent at Scripps Performing Arts Academy, and looks forward every day to sharing her passion for theatre with her students.

LBK headshotLori Beth Katz has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. While attending Rutgers, she worked with various choreographers including Jeanine Durning, David Parsons, Randy James, and Tigger Benford. She has also attended the School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Bates Dance Festival. Her professional experience includes Randy James Dance Works and Dances For a Variable Population. Lori has taught in various private studios as well as over 50 public schools. Most recently, Lori taught jazz and tap in Padova, Italy at Dance School DNA and Ballet Studio. While in Italy, Lori studied jazz with Patrick Duncan and tap with Tobias Tak. She has recently moved back to the United States, and is committed to continue sharing her love for dance. (Current SPAA Mommy n' Me, Children's Division Ballet, Tap and Jazz faculty)
BM headshotBrik Middlekauff trained with Barbara Crockett at Crockett-Deane Ballet in Sacramento and attended summer intensive programs with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, and at Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. Brik performed with The Sacramento Ballet in child and student roles for more than 15 years. As an apprentice with Sacramento Ballet, she danced in Ron Cunningham’s Bolero, Romeo and Juliet (friend of Juliet), The Nutcracker (Solo Candy Cane), as well as performing in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Western Symphony, and Stars and Stripes. Last year she performed in Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs (One For My Baby), Stephen Mill’s The Taming of the Shrew, Ron Cunningham’s Etosha, Septime Webre’s Where The Wild Things Are (Max’s cousin, Dream Max) and has performed numerous works for the ballet’s annual Beer & Ballet. Brik danced with the Sacramento Ballet for two season before relocating to San Diego. (Current SPAA Lower and Upper Division faculty).

MandyNew Teacher, Bio Coming Soon

RobynRobyn Shifren trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and performed with the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet, London and PACT and NAPAC in South Africa. Robyn has worked with many dance notables including Dame Ninette de Valois, Kenneth Macmillan, Ashley Killar and Patricia Neary. She has had the opportunity to dance several featured roles including Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Four Temperaments, George Balanchine's Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Giselle in Giselle and several other roles throughout her career.

Robyn's high energy class and desire to pull out the best in her students makes her an SPAA favorite!


 

TeresaNew Teacher Bio Coming Soon

 


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